• Omni Homestead Triathlon Clifton Forge Main Street

    Join us on Saturday, May 21, for a Fun 5K Run, 5 Mile Paddle and 10 Mile Bike in the beautiful Alleghany Highlands of Virginia! The Omni Homestead Hotel is our sponsor for this event and they are giving all athletes that participate ,in this event 10% off best available rate the week of May 15 - 22, 2016. SIGN UP NOW

  • Clifton Forge Main Street - Grande Fondo Cycling

    Grand Fondo Cycling competition

    This day-long event gives the public a chance to come out and cheer for all the participants in this multi-level mountain bike endurance race.  Coming July 2016.

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Upcoming:

Halloween Season Haunted Happenings

Monday, October 17th, 2016 – 12:00 pm

Clifton Forge Main Street
501 E Ridgeway St
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

* 3rd Annual Benefit Scarecrow Competition with public invited to vote for their favorite. * Window Mural Art Competition for area middle school students throughout the week prior to Halloween * Annual Trick or Treating through Downtown Historic District - Merchants Costume Competition. • Trick or treating will take place downtown on Saturday, October 31st from 1pm to 5pm. If you would like to participate we will be giving you a laminated bat sign to hang in your window that day. • We will once again be having an informal costume contest for all merchants and employees to encourage everyone to dress up and participate in the festivities.... See MoreSee Less

Clifton Forge Town Christmas Tree Lighting and Ceremony

Friday, November 18th, 2016 – 6:00 pm

547 Main St, Clifton Forge, VA 24422-1177, United States

Fifth Annual Ceremony Town of Clifton Forge. *** Date and Time are tentative *** November 18, 2016 6PM we will begin our community celebrations in Clifton Forge with an official lighting of the Town Christmas Tree. The Clifton Middle School Choristers, under the direction of Kathy Crutchfield, will present their holiday program and the Selma Epworth Methodist Church Children’s Bell Choir, under the direction of Tanya Wrenn will play Holiday Selections. The tree lighting will take place at 6:00 PM at the Town Hall. In addition to music, warm cider and cookies will be served during the ceremony. Please call Clifton Forge Main Street (540) 862-2000 for additional information about the tree lighting.... See MoreSee Less

Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to improve the historic downtown of Clifton Forge for economic and cultural reasons. It is affiliated with the Virginia Main Street Program, a division of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.  In 1992 a group of local volunteers  came together to create an entity that, with the support of the town, could obtain the technical assistance of Virginia Main Street toward preservation and enhancement of the downtown area. This effort has produced good results and has revealed many needs yet to be met…

Small towns are unique. They’re initially defined by geography, like the mountain ridges that surround Clifton Forge. They are also defined by the industry that helps the town to grow. Since the turn of the century Clifton Forge has been a major player in the development and growth of the C&O and the CSX railroads. Train tracks snake their way through town and connect Clifton Forge to big cities. Many have ridden the rails to faraway places to get an education, find love and fight wars.

For many years the town and the railroad both grew and prospered. Through those good times the people of Clifton Forge built homes, raised families and they built churches – lots of churches. And they were a patriotic bunch – still are. The local community college is home to a detachment of the 116th Infantry of the VA National Guard. Most recently they’ve completed missions in Kosovo and in Iraq, a broad calling for citizen-soldiers.

When the railroad slowed down in the mid-60’s, many workers lost their jobs and the City of Clifton Forge suffered like many small towns that rely on a single industry. The city became a town a few years ago just as the C&O Heritage Center was getting started. Today it’s the history of the C&O that is helping fuel the re-birth of the town. New businesses are springing up, there are major infrastructure renovations underway and it’s getting harder to find parking in the  three block-long downtown area. Those who return to town for reunions, marriages and funerals just can’t get over how good things look. The number of folks retiring to the area or investing in second homes is a good measure of the hope and trust they have in the future of Clifton Forge.

There’s lots more that needs to be done but small towns like Clifton Forge tend to be built on solid cultural foundations: God, family, patriotism and a belief that hard work – and working together – will make a difference.
Chuck Almarez, Fire and Light Gallery, 2012

The Clifton Forge of the future is once again “scenic, busy, friendly!” Come visit historic Clifton Forge!

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